Wilderness 101 is the companion guide for new adventurers. Aimed at preventing newcomers to the outdoors from ending up in “survival” situations due to a lack of preparedness, this guide will impart introductory knowledge and skills to readers applicable across a range of potential activities, and useful for anyone heading into the backcountry. Based largely on course material that Maurice has taught for 32 years, readers will learn how to prepare and be equipped for all varieties of terrain, learn the fundamentals of weather conditions and how to meet them, learn to avoid wildlife and avoid attracting it, learn essential skills and emergency procedures relating to several outdoor activities, and much more.
Maurice Phipps is Professor Emeritus of Parks and Recreation Management in the Department of Human Services at Western Carolina University. He is currently on the Presidential Council for the Wilderness Education Association, having been an instructor and board member for 28 years.
He has written and contributed to fifty different articles and publications and is the author of three books. He has worked in public, non-profit and private agencies for 24 years, including at Iowa State, Cal Poly, and the Western State University of Colorado. He has taught in the US, the UK and Australia, and gained qualifications through the British Canoe Union (British Canoe Coach), the Australian Canoe Federation (Diploma) and the Wilderness Education Association (Instructor). He has also received several teaching awards from Western Carolina University, and three service awards from the Wilderness Education Association.
1 Motivations for Going into the Wild Outdoors
2 Terrain Skills and Equipment
3 Climate, Weather, Clothing, and Energy
4 Problem Wildlife
5 Skills for Hazards and Emergency Procedures
6 Control Plans
7 Protecting the Environment
8 Where to Go from Here
About the Author